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A shipment of genetically modified tomato juice designed to boost health benefits is on its way to the UK for testing.

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Regular readers will recall my articles about overseas pensioners and the anger felt by around half a million of them who have had their state pensions frozen.

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Or so say the bookies, who fancy Bieber’s chances of landing himself a lengthy jail sentence after his recent spate of arrests

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In from the cold: India has been officially excluded from the Sochi Winter Olympic Games but four of its athletes will still compete

When the athletes march into the opening ceremony of the Sochi Olympics next month, one flag you won't be seeing is the green, white, and saffron of India. Four Indian skiers will be participating in the games as independent athletes, but they won't be able to formally represent their country, since the Indian Olympic Association has been suspended by the International Olympic Committee since 2012.

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Ghost riders: An unmanned Russian ship full of rats is adrift in the Atlantic - so, just how many other vagrant vessels are out there?

In happier times, the MV Lyubov Orlova was a pleasure ship, a cruiser accustomed to taking well-heeled Russian holidaymakers on adventure tours around the Arctic. Today, that same 295ft ship is bobbing somewhere off the coast of Ireland, its only passengers a horde of disease-ridden rats.

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Australian Open 2014: Underdog Dominika Cibulkova upsets Agnieszka Radwanska to set-up final against Li Na

Semi-final thrashing came after Na saw off 19-year-old sensation Eugenie Bouchard with the pair set to collide on Saturday

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Marmite, Irn-Bru and Bovril banned in Canada after they fall foul of food additive rules

In Canada it is perfectly legal to acquire a firearm and bullets. But Marmite and Irn-Bru are apparently a threat to the nation’s health after the Canadian food watchdog banned some of Britain’s most popular exports from supermarket shelves.

Young Syrian refugees play at the 'Container City' refugee camp at Oncupinar, Turkey

The situation for Syria's refugees is desperate. Our Government must now sign up to the UN's resettlement plan

Why are ministers so resistant to provide this limited help?

Canada said it was cracking down on a range of British imports - including Irn Bru, which contains the 'illegal' food colourant Ponceau 4R (E124)

Canada bans Irn Bru, Marmite and Bovril in crackdown on UK goods with 'illegal ingredients'

Authorities say many famous British products are ‘enriched with too many vitamins and minerals’

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Experts say the cruise liner, adrift in the north Atlantic, may be too close for comfort

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Winter Olympics 2014: Team GB’s women poised to outclass men in medal race

Training against their male peers has given Britain’s female contingent an extra edge going into Sochi – raising hopes of the team’s best return since 1936

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Winter Olympics 2014: Team GB announce squad of 56 athletes who will attempt to make it most successful ever games

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